November 19, 2021

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Next Thursday is Thanksgiving, and I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your families a happy and safe holiday.

As in previous years, there will be a free community Thanksgiving dinner for anyone who would otherwise be alone. This is a great service to our community now celebrating its 14th year, and also includes the option for home delivery dinners.

Date/Time
Thursday, November 25th from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Dine In Location
Faith Lutheran Church
W172 N11187 Division Rd. Germantown

For Home Deliveries
Call 262-677-0625 or 504-351-4655

Good Luck Hunters

This year's gun deer seasons runs from Saturday, November 20th thru Sunday, November 28th.

According to the DNR, the mild winter last year and below-average harvests over the previous two years should lead to improved harvest opportunities. You can use the Hunt Wild Wisconsin mobile app to access information including shooting hours, CWD sampling sites, and carcass disposal locations.

Thank you to all of the hunters who help keep the deer population in check. Have fun, be safe, and good luck!

Governor Vetoes Redistricting Maps

Yesterday, Governor Evers vetoed Senate Bills 621 and 622, which would have established new state legislative and congressional districts for the coming decade.

Instead, he doubled down on his insistence that the legislature should rubber-stamp the maps drawn by a commission he created and appointed. These maps were so flawed that they were defeated on a bipartisan vote, with 17 Democrats joining Republicans in opposition.

The governor has complained that the maps benefit the Republican Party and that the maps should be drawn to build in the principle of "partisan fairness." Unfortunately, that is becoming increasingly impossible as the state's political geography changes in response to the radicalization of the Democrat platform.

Last year, 21% of Democrats lived in neighborhoods that gave Joe Biden a greater than 50% margin of victory. Only 5% of Republicans lived in neighborhoods with similar margins for Donald Trump. In the 2000 election, these numbers were 9% and 2%, respectively. Further disadvantaging Democrats is the fact that their voting base is increasingly concentrated in two urban areas, making it impossible to account for statewide partisan balance without gerrymandering for competitiveness.

So what happens next? If the legislature and governor cannot agree on a new map, then the courts will be responsible for drawing the maps. This has happened more often than not in the past fifty years:

  • 1960s: Drawn by courts
  • 1970s: Legislative plan signed into law
  • 1980s: Drawn by courts
    • Democrats ended up throwing this map out and drawing a new one after taking control of both the legislature and governorship in 1982
  • 1990s: Drawn by courts
  • 2000s: Drawn by courts
  • 2010s: Legislative plan signed into law
Community Events

Menomonee Falls

Event: Christmas Market
Date and Time: November 27th from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Location: Menomonee Falls Downtown
Description: Shopping at local businesses from 10am-6pm. Santa will be at the American Legion Post from 10a-2pm. Horse and wagon rides will pick up and drop off in front of Water Falls from 12-3pm. Annual tree lighting will take place at Centennial Plaza at 6:30pm

Mequon

Event: Spread the Warmth Hat and Mitten Drive
Date and Time: Now thru November 30th
Location: Willowbrook Place - 205 Green Bay Rd (Thiensville)
Description: Winter drive for Capuchin Community Services. Needed items include mittens, scarves, hats, gloves, blankets, and jackets.

 

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